Josh Lawrence Trumpet Trio

Josh Lawrence is a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader living in Philadelphia where he is on faculty at the University of the Arts and Drexel University.

Lawrence has two solo albums to his name with his latest release “One Night in Atlanta” featuring seven original compositions for trumpet trio. Saxophonist Tim Warfield says: “Josh Lawrence is one of the current stalwart musicians of the next generation deeply steeped in tradition and exemplifying a control and lyricism that is slowly but assuredly leading him towards a singular voice on his instrument.”

He has recorded as a sideman with Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men and performs regularly with pianist Orrin Evan’s Captain Black Big Band (Downbeat Critics Poll winner), saxophonist Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, guitarist Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph, bassist Anthony Tidd’s PACT, the Shrine Big Band, and the Fresh Cut Orchestra.

In late 2012, Lawrence was commissioned by the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia with bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall to compose and debut new music for a large ten-piece ensemble: the Fresh Cut Orchestra. In 2013, FCO was awarded a grant through the Pew Center’s Philadelphia Music Project to produce their debut album “From The Vine” which is slated for release in mid-2014. The core trio of FCO holds a residency at the Painted Bride and hosts a monthly concerts series featuring guest artists and educational workshops.

In early 2014, the Fresh Cut Orchestra was selected as artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia and commissioned to compose a new work. The residency consists of a work-in-progress performance, two arts education workshops, and a final performance of their finished work on June 21. Lawrence had previously been invited to work with the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program in 2013 and compose a new piece for big band, which was debuted at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).

Lawrence has recently finished scoring music for the documentary “Love & Terror” by filmmaker Dave Jannetta. The film premieres in April 2014 at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto and the soundtrack album is currently in post-production.